Although he has been with the Bengals since turning his career around in 2010, he’ll also be 34 next season and is scheduled to make $7.5 million in salary and bonuses. Cornerbacks rarely continue to play at a high level past their mid-30s, and Jones, who was recently arrested, has a history of off-the-field issues and could fall under the league’s personal conduct policy, potentially resulting in a suspension this season. The Bengals might consider re-signing Dre Kirkpatrick, 27, instead and moving on with 2016 first-rounder William Jackson III.
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Drew Brees is still chugging along at age 38, which allows the Saints to be flexible about drafting a quarterback this year. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports
Current depth chart:
Womens Deacon Jones Jersey Drew Brees: Age 38, signed through 2017. 2017 salary and bonuses: $13 million. 2017 salary-cap number: $19 million (Note: Brees’ contract also includes an $18 million salary-cap hit in 2018, even though his contract will void after this season).
Luke McCown: Age 35, signed through 2017. 2017 salary and bonuses: $1.5 million. 2017 salary-cap number: $1.75 million.
Garrett Grayson: Age 25, scheduled to be exclusive rights free agent in 2019. 2017 salary and bonuses: $540,000. 2017 salary-cap number: $540,000.
Jennings was due to make $2.5 million in 2017, which was the final year of his four-year deal that he signed with the Giants back in 2014. He was going to count over $3 million against the cap. Between releasing him and Cruz today, the team has created $10 million in cap space.
Carucci thinks Owensâ€™ reputation as a journeyman overshadows his production on the field. Carucci says, though, that the perspectives of the media should matter less than Hall of Famersâ€™ opinions on Owensâ€™ candidacy.